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Pakistan’s plan to get electricity from India stalled

ISLAMABAD: Following the ascension of Narendra Modi, a plan to import the 4000 mega watts of electricity to overcome the Pakistan’s energy short fall from across the eastern border has stalled amid rising extremist sentiments in the India.

A senior official from the Ministry of Water and Power told that, “How can we push for electricity import [from India] when those at the helm of affairs in India are taking an extremely anti-Pakistan posture.”

He said that, “The Modi administration is not only taking a hawkish stance against Pakistan, but is also refusing to come to the negotiating table and is encouraging extremist groups to attack Pakistani visitors, including singers, writers and sportsmen.”

Khawaja Asif, Minister of Water and Power last week told the senate that, “Pakistani and Indian officials had discussed plans for importing 500mw from India in April 2012. Two years after these discussions, M/s Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) of India visited Pakistan in April 2014 to discuss matters related to the import.”

In the written statement, the Minister Khawaja Asif detailed that, “how AEL had submitted a draft to the ministry, proposing the export of 500-800MWs in two-three years as a starting point, recommending an eventual scale-up to 3500-4000MWs. But no further progress was made in this regard.”

The minister of water and power also provided the information to senate about the plans regarding how to import the electricity from the central Asian Republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and also from Iran.

He added that, “Islamabad was currently negotiating with Tehran for the import of 1000MW, which could be increased to 3000MW, at an estimated tariff ranging between 8 and 11 cents per kilowatt hour.”

Islamabad and Tehran were also discussed separately for the import of an additional 30 mega watts to add to the existing electricity supplied to the Baluchistan 74 mega watts. Moreover, 100 mega watts import of electricity from the Iran was also been discussed for the port of Gawadar at a rate of 6.25 cents per unit.

Because of the uncertainty about the Iran’s sanctions, that when they would be lifted up from the country the Minister Khawaja Asif said that, “the exact timeframe for actual power supplies could not be committed. Nevertheless, the import of an additional 30MW for Baluchistan would be available by January 2016.

The Minister also said that, “agreements for procurement of electricity from the CASA-1000 project were currently under various phases of implementation,” regarding the proposed power imports from the CARs.

The feasibility study based tariff for the CASA-1000 project imports was put at 9.41 cents per unit in Pakistan.” he added, “The supply from the project will start during summer of 2018,” the minister said.

Whereas Pakistan have been planning to import 1000 to 1300 mega watts from the Kyrgyz and Tajikistan republics during the months of summer.